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Antique cars, Warbirds, aerobatics and The Mallett Brothers Band headline OHTM’s Wings & Wheels Spectacular

Posted Aug. 06, 2015, at 1:17 p.m.

OWLS HEAD, ME — Classic cars, WWII Warbirds — including a B-25 Mitchell and a P-51 Mustang — as well as assorted aerobatic performers including Dan Marcotte Airshows and Jim Parker Airshows will headline the Museum’s most impressive event of the season, The Wings & Wheels Spectacular, on Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9. Known affectionately as “The Rally,” the first Wings & Wheels Spectacular took place in 1975. In 2014 this event drew a crowd of nearly 5,000 spectators throughout the weekend! Free kids activities and Model T rides ensure that there is plenty of fun for the whole family at this “can’t miss” event. On Sunday, August 9 the Museum is pleased to host The Mallett Brothers Band beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Gates open to the public at 9 a.m.; exhibitor gates open at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The show will go on rain or shine and a variety of indoor demonstrations and activities are planned in the event of inclement weather. All pre-1995 vehicles and all organized automobile clubs are welcome to exhibit free of charge. Exhibitors and one guest get in free. Clubs wishing to arrange parking are encouraged to call ahead. The aerobatic airshow will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. both days of the show, and antique aeroplanes from the Museum’s collection will be demonstrated in the morning prior to the start of the aerobatic airshow. All flying is weather permitting.

On Sunday, August 9 the Museum will add an exciting musical component to the show with The Mallett Brothers Band taking the stage immediately after the conclusion of the aerobatic airshow. Concessions catered by French & Brawn Catering and Marketplace will be available for purchase throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday, and a beer garden (cash bar, ID required) will be offered exclusively during The Mallett Brothers Band performance on Sunday! This is an all-ages show and the concert is included with admission to the airshow on Sunday, August 9. Also on Sunday, August 9, the Museum will welcome back the Darling’s Ice Cream Truck for a Cause as they serve up tasty frozen treats to benefit the Museum from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Weather permitting, a limited number of rides will be sold in the visiting B-25 Mitchell, this is a spectacular opportunity to experience flying in a rare, historic aircraft. The cost of a 30 minute ride is $500 per person and those interested in purchasing a flight are advised to call Museum Auction and Event Coordinator Toby Stinson at (207) 594-4418. A limited number of rides in the Museum’s 1941 Boeing Stearman biplane ($250 for 30 minutes, this aircraft can accommodate a single passenger) and 1933 Waco UBF-2 ($350 for 30 minutes, this aircraft can accommodate two passengers with a combined weight below 300 pounds) will also be sold throughout the weekend.

In addition to the large display of assorted classic, vintage and antique vehicles on Runway 17, an array of family activities offered throughout the weekend will include demonstrations of vehicles from the Museum’s collection and free Model T rides.

The Owls Head Wings & Wheels Spectacular will commence rain or shine. Vehicles will be exhibited on the Museum’s Runway 17, and the Museum will be open so visitors can tour the collection and exhibits.

Admission for this very special event is $20, and, as always, youth under age 18 and retired and active duty military personnel(Uniformed Services ID required) are admitted to the Museum and show free of charge.

Tickets to the 2015 Barnstormers Ball fundraising gala on Saturday, September 12 are now on sale! Guests will dance the night away while enjoying bespoke cocktails, beer by Gritty McDuffs and hors d’oeuvres by Swan’s Way. This ritzy affair is set to the backdrop of our dazzling collection of WWI era aircraft and ground vehicles. Specialty raffles and the live auction of a CedarWorks play set will commence. Music by Wavelength ensures that this evening will be an opportunity to dance! The winner of a 1960 MGA 1600 Mk I Roadster will be drawn. Tables may be reserved in advance.

Tickets are available online and at the museum for both the Barnstormers Ball and MGA raffle, they are $100 each. A limited number will be sold. Proceeds benefit Museum education programs.

The museum is grateful to our season sponsors: French & Brawn Catering and Marketplace, WMTW Channel 8, Tradewinds Motor Inn, Marshall Tent & Event Rentals, Camden National Bank, Breakwater Vineyard, Columbia Classic Cars, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Rockland Ford, Fiore Olive Oil and Journey’s End Marina.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum Street in Owls Head, Maine. The Museum is open seven days a week, year round. For more information please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at (207) 594-4418.

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